"Family Law, 5th Edition," is an excellent introductory guide to Family Law for the paralegal or legal secretary student. It also serves as a useful refresher for the professional on the job. Anyone with an interest in Family Law will find this updated fifth edition to be a useful and informative tool.
"It is very comprehensive...this comprehensiveness is much appreciated and necessary due to the complexity and depth of the subject matter. The second strength of the textbook is that Statsky presents the material in a very logical sequence which enhances the natural learning process of the students. Often, as a professor, I either have to rearrange my material to follow the order of a textbook's chapters, or to better facilitate student learning, I sometimes will teach a chapter out of sequence because the material doesn't logically build on previous material. Neither rearranging my material nor teaching chapters out of sequence is necessary with Statsky's Family Law, 5th ed., textbook. The text unfolds in an orderly progression from basic to more complex material and covers various family law themes in a logical way. The third strength of the textbook is its emphasis on the contractual aspects of marriage, dissolution, and other family law issues. Family law is fundamentally a type of contract law, and Statsky's textbook makes that very clear to students."
William Statsky is a member of both the ethics committee and the advisory council for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, as well as an instructor of online courses at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous groundbreaking legal textbooks for paralegals and was a member of the transition team for then President-Elect Ronald Reagan. Mr. Statsky holds a master of law degree (LL.M) in urban affairs, as well as a juris doctorate degree (J.D.).
The Scope and Skills of a Family Law Practice. Law Books and Legal Institutions: A Guide to the Family Law of Your State. The Dynamics of Working in a Family Law Office. Ethics and Malpractice. Preliminary Legal Interview. Breach of Promise to Marry, the Heart-Balm Statute, and Contracts Restraining Marriage. Antenuptial Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements. The Formation of Ceremonial Marriages and Common-Law Marriages. Annulment. Separation Agreements: Legal Issues and Drafting Options. Child Custody. Child Support. Divorce, Judicial Separation, and Separate Maintenance. Divorce Procedure. Tax Consequences of Separation and Divorce. The Legal Rights of Women. Illegitimacy and Paternity Proceedings. Adoption. Surrogacy and the New Sciences of Motherhood. Torts.